Tony Stewart Switching To Ford
I never saw this one coming.
Tony Stewart is switching to Ford starting in 2017.
Stewart-Haas Racing has been a Chevrolet team since Stewart came on board in 2009.
SHR currently gets engines and chassis from Hendrick Motorsports. The team plans to begin building ot’s own cars and will get Ford Engines from Roush-Fenway Racing.
“Obviously, for 20 years I’ve been under the GM banner,” said Stewart. “I was very honest when I spoke to our employees this morning. I never would have dreamed that we were going to be having this conversation today.
“I would be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been on Twitter since 9 this morning reading what everybody’s been writing. I respect everybody’s views on it, but this was a decision that was made because of the passion that I see with Ford and their commitment to Stewart-Haas Racing in the future.”
The deal has been in the works for about 6 months according to Stewart,
Ford hasn’t won the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship since 2004 with driver Kurt Busch. And that is something the car maker is looking to change.
“We don’t race to race—we race to win, and we race to learn,” said Dave Pericak, the head of Ford’s racing division.
There were 11 Fords in Sunday’s Daytona 500. The highest finisher was Joey Logano in 6th.
“We’re excited about it, and we see this as a lot of growth for Stewart-Haas Racing, said Stewart.
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